A major thank you to all who helped with this past weekend’s conference, especially everyone at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. Not sure how it could have gone any better! It was undeniably some of our richest content yet. The audio files for the presentations are below, listed in chronological order, and embedded to be playable on this site. You may download them by clicking on the title. As always, we offer everything to you free of charge. If you were unable to attend the event and would like contribute to the cost of putting it on, that would…
Our Charlottesville Conference is now only three days away! This breakout preview comes from Christie Walker and Kemp Hill, who have been involved in ministry for small children for over twenty years, have learned some insightful paths into the heart of the Gospel in a place where it so often seems dried up, what with the felt boards and church ladies. They have since created curricula that seek to bring the Gospel back into Sunday School. In their breakout session, they look into these questions:
How can we share the Gospel with children at church in a fun and meaningful way? How can we meet the needs of families with children who come to church? Has anybody ever tried to find a Sunday School curriculum that isn’t just moralism?
We are not “The Church Ladies.” In twenty years of children’s ministry, these are questions we’ve been probing at Christ Episcopal Church. In our Breakout session, our hope is to explore these questions together and share some things that have worked well for us.
To register for the conference, click here! Online registration ends tomorrow night!
We are now just 10 days away from our Charlottesville Fall Conference, and we couldn’t be more excited about this breakout session, coming courtesy of Dave Johnson on grace when it comes to daughters and sons.
Father-son and father-daughter relationships are among the most influential and emotionally fraught relationships for just about everybody. When it comes to their relationship with their father, no one is emotionally neutral. In this breakout session we’ll look at these relationships through the two lenses of law and gospel with examples and illustrations from movies, life and ministry experience, with some scripture as well.
What this session is not is “10 Principles to be an Effective Father” or “5 Ways to Fix Your Kids.” What it is instead is a look at the effects of law-based relationships with daughters and sons versus the effects of grace-based relationships with daughters and sons. Even though it’s a pretty heavy topic, we’ll have a lot of fun with it.
This morning’s preview comes from Mockingbird friend Daniel Siedell, who will be leading his session, “Hearing The Scream: Edvard Munch, Modern Art and Grace,” during the second session on Friday of the Fall Conference. For a full conference schedule, click here.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Modern art is a buzz kill. It’s strange, intimidating, and puts you on the spot. How many times have you been to a museum and stared at a painting of emaciated lines and distorted shapes, knowing you should “get it,” but just can’t, and as the room fills up with what are clearly people who have…
A Death blow is a Life blow to Some
Who till they died, did not alive become–
Who had they lived, had died but when
They died, Vitality begun.
George Costanza notwithstanding, most of us could do with some hope. Something to hang our hat on that is both credible and good. So often we look to objects that disappoint—changed circumstances, different relationships, deeper understandings, etc. We confuse hoping with wishing. Yet real hope is not found in an escape from reality, rather, it begins there. The New Testament goes so far as to root hope in catastrophe, i.e. the crucifixion. But what does this look like, in the here and now? And is it actually good news? In other words, where’s the hope?
Join us this Fall at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA as we explore why we get up in the morning: the surprising–and surprisingly real—hope of God’s grace. As always, we’ll be doing so with the honesty, warmth and playfulness you’ve come to expect from Mockingbird. Should be a blast!
We are thrilled that our speakers this time will be RJ Heijmen, Matthew Sitman and Paul Zahl. And the breakout sessions will be:
- Grace with Daughters and Sons – Dave Johnson
- The Life and Work of William Faulkner – Paul Walker
- The Counter-Intuitive Wisdom of the Twelve Steps – John Zahl
- Ministry with Little Children – Kemp Hill and Christie Walker
- The iLife Pursuit: Social Media and Adultescent Loneliness – Ethan Richardson
- How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Beach Boys – One Guess
- The Beautiful Ugliness of HBO – William McDavid
- Hearing The Scream: Edvard Munch, Modern Art, and Grace – Dan Siedell
For the full schedule, go here.
Important: As opposed to our last couple of Fall Conferences, this one will run all day on Friday, September 28th (9am-9pm) and half day on Saturday the 29th (9am-12:30pm). While there will be no formal program on Thursday evening, rest assured: an informal one is forthcoming! Just be sure to book your accommodations soon, as things fill up quickly during football season.
The cost of the event, which includes lunch and dinner on Friday is $50. If you are planning on eating with us, we ask that you pre-register beforehand by Wednesday 9/26, so we can plan accordingly. Last minute walk-ins are more than welcome for the sessions – you’ll be able to pay at the door with cash, check or credit card.